With training camp a little more than three weeks away, the Cavaliers aren’t sure of the status of Mo Williams, writes Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer. Cleveland decided this week not to use the stretch provision on Williams’ $2.2MM contract, but no one seems sure if he will be in camp. There have been retirement rumors, but Pluto says neither Williams or his agent have given the Cavaliers any indication that he is quitting. However, there also is no sign that Williams is preparing for another season. He is the only experienced backup point guard on the Cavs’ roster after the sign-and-trade deal that sent Matthew Dellavedova to Milwaukee. A 13-year veteran, Williams battled knee and thumb injuries last season and appeared in just 41 games. Pluto believes retirement is the most likely outcome as Williams has been “disconnected” from the team during the offseason.
Pluto offers a few more Cavaliers tidbits in his latest column:
- Cleveland has no interest in trading Kevin Love and hasn’t considered the idea since midseason. Love, who still has four years and more than $93.5MM left on the contract he signed last summer, has accepted his role with the Cavaliers and was an important part of last year’s championship team. He is scoring less than he used to in Minnesota, but is helping the team with better rebounding, defense and other intangibles. Pluto notes that a trade might have been considered if the Cavs had fallen short of a title, but GM David Griffin wants to keep the team together as much as possible.
- DeAndre Liggins has an outside shot to make the roster after being named D-League Defensive Player of the Year last season. The 28-year-old swingman impressed the organization during summer league with his aggressive defense. The Kentucky product’s NBA career includes short stints with the Magic, Thunder and Heat.
- Another summer star, rookie Kay Felder, has a good chance to make the team, but Pluto doesn’t expect him to be the primary backup at point guard if Williams doesn’t return. The writer says Cleveland will continue to pursue other alternatives.